TENS of thousands of fish have mysteriously washed up dead on a Cornish beach – for the second time in a fortnight, according to reports. Witnesses said the fish, thought to be mackerel, stretched for “as far as the eye could see” along Marazion beach.
It is thought they were washed up early yesterday and were discovered by dog walkers early this morning. Lyn Barton, from Penzance, was walking along the beach and said:”It is truly astonishing. I have never seen anything like it before.
“There are literally hundreds of thousands of fish washed up on the shoreline. They must be quite fresh because it doesn’t pong at the moment. “There are hundreds of birds around but they are not eating the fish at the moment.”
It comes just two weeks after thousands of dead fish were found washed up on another Cornish beach. Walkers again made the discovery on Pentewan beach near St Austell. The dead fish – which were mackerel or herring – were also packed along the water’s edge.
Edward Bol, from Mevagissey, was walking his dog Max along the beach when he saw them. Earlier this year hundreds of jellyfish were stranded on Perranporth beach and in 2014 dead whitebait were found washed up on Mullion harbour.
It is unclear why the fish have ended up there but they may have been chased in by predators. At the time, James Wright, curator of the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth, told the BBC such events normally occurred in summer when mackerel followed prey into warmer waters.
“It’s quite unusual for fish to want to leave the water, it’s usually a result of panic, because of a predator, but at this time of year that would be unusual. “It is possible they were all caught in particularly bad weather when they were near the surface and washed up by the waves.”